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Tried of Tying the Untied?

Safety Tip

Are your slippers, moccasins, or loafers always coming untied? Worried about tripping on those loose laces? Put your fears to rest with this quick and simple solution. The hardest part is threading a needle. It looks nice and might even be invisible when completed.
Giving slippers as a gift? Fix them before they are even worn. Your recipient may never realize you did this but you will have peace of mind that you prevented a trip and fall hazard.
Slippers make a great gift!

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Hacks & Tips · Kitchen · Mainely DIY

Try our Tempting Leftover Turkey Recipe

Looking for a quick and easy way to finish up that leftover Thanksgiving Turkey? Then try turkey tacos. Just cut up turkey into small pieces. Heat a little bit of vegetable oil in a fry pan. We recommend a cast iron pan. Add then turkey and some taco seasoning and heat through. Stuff your taco shells with warmed turkey and your favorite fixings. We like to add shredded cheese to the taco shells first and the add the warmed meat and it melts the cheese just a little bit.

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Gift Guide for Tea Lovers

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When choosing a tea kettle, look for one with a large base. The more surface area that is in contact with the burner the faster your water will heat. This will save time and energy thus saving you money. We like this one. The handle stays cool and it is an easy pour. A good whistle lets you know when it is ready.



We also recommend having a thermal carafe to keep the hot water that you don’t immediately plan to serve. This way your refill is only a pitcher away.





For teabags we like King Cole Orange Pekoe

King Cole Tea

Hu-Kwa Tea

For a treat we love this loose leaf Hu-Kwa Lapsang Souchong Tea from Mark T. Wendell.

When using loose leaf tea you will also need a strainer and we recommend a extra fine mesh micro-strainer.

Loose Leaf Tea Strainer

If you like cold brew or iced tea, we suggest this Flip and Brew form Zing that we use for cold brew coffee. The description says you can make hot tea in it which would be a good option for loose leaf tea if you plan to serve the batch all at once as it won’t keep your tea warm. We have not tried anything hot in our Flip and Brew.





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Gift Guide for Coffee Lovers

Our top pick for coffee lovers is a cold brewing system.  We’ll spotlight a couple different specific brewers so you can match the features to your gift recipient.

Cold brew is all the rage today and with good reason.  Not only is it better for your health it tastes better. When you make it home, it is better for your wallet.

Let’s start with the health benefit.  Cold brew coffee is way less acidic than hot brew.  More than 50% less acidic!  This is great news for anyone who has acid reflux or a sensitive tummy.  It also means less acid on your teeth.  Why it less acidic?  High heat releases the acid from the coffee grounds and into your drink.

The high heat also releases that bitter flavor into your coffee.  In contrast, cold brewing slowly extracts the flavors and natural sweetness of the grounds.  You might even find yourself add less sweetener to your cup of Joe. Think of it as slowly steady process that brings out a smooth rich flavor instead of a heat forced process which brings out acid and bitterness. So, won’t the cold brewed coffee become acidic and bitter when reheated?  Nope, because the coffee grounds are now out of the equation.

When you make coffee at home, you’ll save a ton of money.  Let’s say you buy 5 cups a week of plain coffee for $1.90 each.  That adds up to nearly $500 in a year.  The cost to make the same amount of coffee at home is about $20.  That is a savings of 96%.  And if your paying for fancy coffee that savings only goes up.

Another plus to making coffee at home is that you will know exactly what’s in it.  It is shocking how much hidden sugar is in those fancy coffees.  We had a friend measure by teaspoon the amount of sugar that was in her purchased medium coffee.  It was nearly half a cup!  When she tried one of our cold brews with the equivalent of 2 teaspoons of sugar (some from milk), she was more than happy with the sweetness. 

Now for our thoughts on gifts for your favorite coffee lover. Click on pictures for more information.

Our favorite cold brewer is the Flip Brew by Zing Anything.  As the name implies, you can brew just about anything in it. All you do is add your favorite coffee grounds into the filter basket and screw the basket into cover.  Add room temperature water (or cool water) to the pitcher and screw the cover on.  Now you flip it and leave it or 12 to 24 hours.  Once brewed you flip it over, unscrew to remove filter basket.  Make sure to rinse any grounds from the cover and screw the cover back on.  Refrigerate what you don’t use.  To use the coffee, twist the handle on the cover and you can easily pour out the coffee you want into your cup to be heated in the microwave.  We like this one because it is super easy to brew, has an easy pour storage pitcher, and uses regular coffee grounds.

Another common method involves making a coffee concentrate. Basically, you insert a dampened filter into a plugged container, then you add a layers of coarse ground coffee and layers of gently added water.  After the grounds have steeped for 12 to 24 hours, the plug in pulled from the bottom and the coffee concentrate drains into the storage container.  To make coffee, you dilute the concentrate with water and/or milk, typically 3 parts water/milk a to 1 part concentrate.  This lets you adjust the strength to your taste.   Because it is a concentrate, it will last awhile and lengthen the time between brews.

We have a Toddy brewing system and have some thoughts on it.  The storage container has a tight stopper which keep the coffee fresh.  The storage container is glass and is quite thin.  Because of its size and shape it can be difficult to pour.  When making the brew, you first install a cork in the brewing portion which needs to be removed for draining the concentrate. That is not the easiest thing to do without making a mess.  The system requires coarse ground coffee.  Using a regular grind means you need to replace the reusable filter more often as it gets clogged with coffee grounds.

If we decide to replace our Toddy system, we’d look at trying this one from OXO. The OXO uses a “Rainmaker” to evenly distribute the water eliminating the layering of grounds and water.  The brewing part has its own stand.  There is a lever to drain the concentrate which means no more messy pulling of the cork plug. And no small part to lose!  However, the lever may malfunction over time. The carafe has measurements on it which is a nice feature.

If you decide you’d to gift a hot coffee maker, we suggest something like this one by Tru. We really like ours. It is compact, has a reusable filter basket yet also accepts k-cups. It works nicely for the tea drinker too.  Perfect for small apartments, families with different schedules, dorms, and RV camping.

And finally, our pick for a travel mug.  We’ve used this for years.  You have to work at it to spill it and it keeps things hot or cold all day.

Check out our cold brew coffee videos at Fancy Iced coffeeFancy Iced coffee Click on pictures for more information.

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Hacks & Tips · Holiday · Mainely DIY · Other Crafts

Family Holiday Crafting

Thanksgiving and black Friday are coming. If you don’t like to face the shopping crowds, why not have a family craft day while you are waiting for your online deals to become available? Check out all of our holiday craft ideas on Holiday crafts page and then order your supplies at HoliDeals and you will be all ready for some family bonding and a fun time.

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Hacks & Tips · Holiday · Mainely DIY · Other Crafts

Santa Goes Nuts

See how Santa goes crackers in this super simple craft that takes less than 5 minutes to make.

This ornament is a would be Santa Claus who went a little nuts and turned out to look more like a toy soldier from the Nutcracker Suite Ballet.

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Rejuvenating Fallen Glitter Ball & Glitter Ornament Ideas

Do you have a glitter ornament where all the glitter has fallen to the bottom? Why throw it out when you can watch our video and save money? This video will teach you how to fix and add the sparkle back into your ornaments. Be sure to watch to the end to see some glitter balls design ideas!
Floor wax is not recommended as it only lasts one season.

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How to change your Furnace Nozzle

Keep your furnace running smoothly. Learn how to change the Nozzle in your furnace as this step-by-step video guides you through the process.


Demonstrated on a Beckett burner on a Weil McLain oil fired furnace.
Method can be used for most applications.

Why buy your own?
  • This should be part of your annual cleaning.
  • Furnaces seem to fail in the middle of the night during the coldest winter weather. Replacing the nozzle will often resolve your problem.
  • Save Money #1 – Often times it is cheaper to buy your own versus paying a heating professional’s marked-up price.
  • Save Money #2 – Buying in bulk saves $$$ .
    For example our nozzles:
    • cost $22.77 each. (shipping included)
    • For 12 nozzles- $65.32 or $5.44 each.
    • Buying in quantity saved us a whopping 76%.
    • Peace of Mind – you know the part is in stock because it is in your stock.

Each furnace set-up has a specific nozzle that will work well for it.
  • First number is gallons of oil per hour at 100psi.
  • Second number is the apex angle (30° to 90° arc) of the oil spray cone.
  • The letters designate the fill of the spray cone:
    • A or H = hollow
    • B or ES = solid
    • SS = semi-solid
    • W = multipurpose.
Once you determine the nozzle required for your application, you can find it by pressing this button
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